Disability Studies Minor

People with disabilities (intellectual disability,  physical disability, sensory disability, autism spectrum disorder etc.) are among the most under-represented and under-served populations in the United States today.

The interdisciplinary minor in Disability Studies offers students a unique opportunity to develop a richer understanding of what it means to live with a disability in the context of contemporary American society. The minor is anchored by a foundation of courses in Psychology, English, Sociology, and Legal Studies, and has a number of electives from departments across the university. These courses allow students to see the links between disabilities and other diverse and marginalized groups (e.g., women, minorities) and to incorporate multiple perspectives (historical, political, economic, ethical). This minor might be of interest to students who are planning a career in education, human services, social work, non-profit organizations, engineering/assistive technology, nursing, health, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and many other areas.


The Disability Studies minor is open to all undergraduates and consists of an interdisciplinary program of 18-24 credits of required and elective courses.

Required Course

  • PSYC.3630 Introduction to Disability Studies

Select at least three courses

  • ENGL.2580 Disability in Literature
  • LGST.2500 Disability and the Law: Legal Rights of People with Disabilities
  • PSYC.3620 Psychology of Developmental Disabilities
  • PSYC.4820 Developmental Disabilities Fieldwork: Service Provision
  • PSYC.4830 Developmental Disabilities Fieldwork: Leadership and Advocacy
  • SOCI.2250 Sociology of Disability


Depending on how many core courses completed, choose electives to reach 18 credits in the minor.

  • ASAM.2120 Introduction to Asian American Studies
  • CRIM.3600 Gender, Race, and Crime
  • EDUC.4050 Children with Disabilities in the Classroom
  • EXER.3150 Kinesiology (EP majors only)
  • FAHS.2200 Designing the Future World
  • HSCI.1021 Introduction to Public Health
  • PHIL.3610 Equality, Justice and the Law
  • POLI.2180 Introduction to Politics and Sports
  • POLI.3370 Civil Liberties Law and Politics
  • PSYC.2550 Community Psychology
  • PSYC.2720 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC.3120 Learning and Behavior
  • PSYC.3350 Psychology and Women
  • PSYC.3360 Culture and Psychology
  • PSYC.3600 Adult Development and Aging
  • PSYC.3610 Developmental Psychopathology
  • PSYC.5610 Introduction to Behavioral Intervention in Autism (need instructor permission)
  • SOCI.2340 Race and Ethnicity
  • SOCI.2400 Sociology of Gender
  • SOCI.3200 Community Service
  • SOCI.4050 Feminist Methodologies


  • Any of the core courses can be used as electives instead of core courses as long as the student has at least three of the core courses.
  • Students cannot use more than 9 credits in Psychology courses towards the minor.
  • Directed Study, Community Service Learning, and Independent Study courses may also be considered as electives in consultation with the coordinator of the minor.

Students who seek further information are urged to consult with the Coordinator - Ashleigh Hillier, Ph.D., Health and Social Sciences Building, Room 309.